hiking

We attempted to take an overnight trip and ended up just going to big bald and back in one day (13mi) because of bad weather. Even through fog and rain, I could tell this hike was absolutely beautiful. September was the perfect time to go for fields of flowers, ferns, mushrooms and moss! The scenery was abundant and breathtaking. I would highly recommend, but check the weather for mars hill instead of Asheville - vastly different climates only 30 minutes away.

This is a nice little trail, the waterfall is nice and you have climb down to iy but it's a good trail. I added a few miles to it exploring the area a little. mostly mountains at the top but there is a ton of places to go and see what's around the corner so to speak. It's not to steep and the rating of moderate is about right. levels out once you get to the ridgelines. This would be excellent hike with the fall colors at peak as there are many various trees so it will be a good mix of colors. I'll be back for sure.

This is a great section of the AT! The parking and trailhead is easy access and well-marked. The parking is located right before the 1-26 overpass, on both the right and left sides of the road. There is a gate and sign labeled Walking Trail. The trail starts right beyond the gate. We hiked the 2 miles to the first bald mountain, then hiked back. The views from the mountain are so beautiful! It would be amazing to camp overnight to see the sunrise and sunset. I would rate the difficulty as moderate. There are many roots and rocks along the trail, along with several fallen trees to climb over. The last half mile or so is a steady elevation gain. The hike to the first bald is entirely wooded, but the views are worth it!!

IF YOU SEE NO PARKING SIGNS YOU'RE NOT THERE YET- continue on up the rough gravel road to the left until it actually dead ends at the parking area. Nice hike (though pretty steep, in my opinion, considering you are traveling uphill the whole time until you turn around and come back down). Very lightly trafficked. Waterfall was nice, but didn't make it to the lake. Lots of nice opportunities to splash in the creek (some very deep spots to dunk in, though not really big enough to swim in).

The trail needs to be marked clearly. I ended up missing it and going down the Turkey Pen Trail ( I think that's what it's called). I'm going to try again soon.

2 months ago

No place to park so we did not hike it. Not sure where those who do hike this actually park because there were Private property, no trespass, no parking, and tow away signs all over the area.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful place especially when wild flowers are blooming they are everywhere along the trail .Trail has a steady uphill climb but not bad .There is a steep part as you go down to the base of the falls but just watch your footing and it's not bad .Well worth going down to the base of the falls to get the best view .My favorite trail for wildflowers in this area :)

hiking
2 months ago

LOVE this journey

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

The trail is definitely moderate to the falls. I would've rated 4 stars but the lack of accessibility to the falls along the trail was disappointing. Not to say you couldn't bushwhack your way down, but I wasn't really in the mood for that on this particular day. Other sites mention a lost lake...don't waste your time. First off the trail is 1700' of gain in the 1 mile up to it. Secondly, the "lake" down almost 25' feet from its normal level. If you must check it out the trail is after your first stream crossing past the main falls, to the left on the side of the creek you came from. Judging from old posts about it there used to be a janky wooden bridge. It's been washed out and caused us to miss it on our way up initially, even though you can clearly see the trail. Cross and start climbing. 3/4 of the way up is a rusted out late model truck. If you stay on Higgins Creek Trail it follows the stream to the top and eventually intersects with a forest service road on the ridge.